Re: Reds 40 Man Roster as of 8/1/09. What players need protection in Rule V draft?
I suspect that a lot of these decisions will come down to choices between similar players. A quick list of possible redundancies might include these pairs (or triplets):
Nix/Dorn -- Lefty LF platoons.
Gomes/Balentien -- Righty LF platoons, although either could be more. Also McDonald, who played really well after he was sent down.
Miller/Denove/Tatum -- I wouldn't dismiss Miller out-of-hand, considering how exceptionally well he's handled the Reds' pitchers. If they sign Hernandez, I'd think that only one of these three would be protected. Without Hernandez, maybe two.
Wells/Lehr -- Over-aged starting depth.
Thompson/Buck -- Promising pitchers with injury histories.
Lecure/Jukich -- Potential #4 or #5 starters.
Sutton/Rosales -- Reserve infielders who hit better than they field. (Are supposed to, anyway.)
Stubbs/Taveras -- Obviously Stubbs will be on the 40-man, but if they think he can be an everyday CF in Cincinnati, they'd be more likely to release Taveras. Wouldn't they?
Viola/Watson -- Erratic relievers with great stuff. Philippe Valiquette might be in the grouping.
I'm sure there are others. And I imagine there are technicalities that make some of the matches irrelevant.